Key players were not fit for World Twenty20, reports physio

June 19th, 2009 - 8:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Virender Sehwag New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) After their early exit from the World Twenty20, more embarrassment came for the Indian cricket team as a report revealed Friday that five key players, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, were carrying injuries to the tournament.
According to media reports, physio Nitin Patel’s fitness report to the Board of Control for the Cricket in India (BCCI) mentioned that Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Rudra Pratap Singh and Zaheer Khan had injuries and needed treatment.

But now it seems that the BCCI didn’t pay any heed to the fitness report and selected all the five players for the World Twenty20 tournament in England.

Sehwag, who was suffering from a shoulder injury, did not play a single match and had to be replaced in the middle of the tournament with wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik.

After India’s loss to South Africa, coach Gary Kirsten and Dhoni accepted that some players were carrying niggles.

“Only few players were 100 per cent fit. Some had ankle, some shoulder injury. That’s why they were not in their best in the field. But I am not sure if fatigue is the reason for it. These days you have rehab and can quickly come back to 100 per cent fitness,” Dhoni had said.

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